Helicopters were grounded today, due to weather, but they won’t be flying again anytime soon. The roundup has been suspended according to a note at the top of this page, with 340 wild horses removed from the HMA at a cost of roughly $400 per head.
The BLM can expect to receive about $17 per year from the rancher to whom the excess AUMs are sold. The cost of caring for the displaced animal, assuming he’s not adopted, is about $730 per year.
That’s like buying a machine that costs $400 and earns $17 per year, while driving up your electric bill $730 per year. Nobody’s going to do that!
Unless you’re in government.
RELATED: Pine Nut Gather Resumed.
UPDATE: Refer to this BLM news release, posted today.